City Girls: The Nisei Social World in Los Angeles, 1920-1950

Hardcover | May 6, 2014

byValerie J. Matsumoto

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Even before wartime incarceration, Japanese Americans largely lived in separate cultural communities from their West Coast neighbors. Although the Nisei children, the American-born second generation, were U.S. citizens and were integrated in public schools, they were socially isolated in manyways from their peers. These young women found rapport in ethnocultural youth organizations, a forgotten world of female friendship and camaraderie that Valerie J. Matsumoto recovers in this book.

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Even before wartime incarceration, Japanese Americans largely lived in separate cultural communities from their West Coast neighbors. Although the Nisei children, the American-born second generation, were U.S. citizens and were integrated in public schools, they were socially isolated in manyways from their peers. These young women fou...

Valerie J. Matsumoto is Professor of History and Asian American Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles. She is the author of Farming the Home Place: A Japanese American Community in California, 1919-1982 and a co-editor of Over the Edge: Remapping the American West.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:304 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.98 inPublished:May 6, 2014Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199752249

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Table of Contents

AcknowledgmentsIntroduction1. The Social World of the Urban Nisei2. Shaping Japanese American Culture3. Sounding the Dawn Bell: Developing Nisei Voices4. Nisei Women's Roles in Family and Community during World War II5. Reweaving the Web of Community in Postwar Southern California, 1945-1950EpilogueNotesBibliographyIndex